The Manor House String Quartet are based in Buckinghamshire, England. The group specialise in performing neglected chamber works, The quartet have also initiated a series of themed and less formal concerts of more popular works, presented by the players themselves. Their Christmas concerts have attracted a following, with the majority of the works performed being original carol arrangements by Vaughan Jones (violin). The works on this disc represent some of the best loved carols performed by the group.
Vaughan Jones (Violin and Arranger)
Vaughan is a prolific string arranger who began learning the violin at the age of 8, going on to play with many of the leading London Orchestras before concentrating more fully on chamber music. Latterly he has studied with Hungarian violinist and teacher Kato Havas and plays on a modern hand made violin by luthier Martin McClean of Northern Ireland.
In 2008 he released a critically acclaimed disc of works for violin and viola by Spohr, Rolla and Kalliwoda with the violist Reiad Chibah (Manor House Music 001).
Louise Bevan (Violin)
Louise also composes and arranges music alongside a busy career as a violinist working frequently with The Royal Shakespeare Company, the CBSO and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Louise plays on a modern violin, made in 1982 by luthier William Luff and has worked with several contemporary composers, touring extensively within the U.K and abroad.
Adrian Smith (Viola)
As a soloist Adrian has performed much of the Viola repertoire including London performances of pieces such as the Bartok concerto and Hindemith Trauermusik while maintaining a busy life as a chamber musician. He has recently begun playing on a modern American Viola made in 2007 by Morell of New York City.
Julia Graham (Violoncello)
Having held positions with English National Opera, English Sinfonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Julia currently enjoys an active career as a freelance cellist - playing regularly with the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra amongst others. Julia is in demand as an orchestral and chamber musician, appearing on many classical and West End recordings. Julia’s ‘cello is an instrument made in 1830 by William Booth.